Review: Intercontinental Berlin
Introduction Book the Intercontinental Berlin here. For my stay in Berlin last week I chose the Intercontinental for location, price and curiosity. Location (Sightseeing, Airport, Business) The Intercontinental Berlin is located just off Kurfuerstendamm which is the former West Berlin main strip. It's just about 5 minutes drive from Postdamer Platz. It's a good location for business in town and close enough to all major sights in Berlin city center (most sights are actually in the former East). Check-In (Friendliness, Efficiency) Check-In was quick and super friendly. I was upgraded due to my IHG Platinum status to a Deluxe Room. Apparently the hotel has just completed the renovation of the oldest part of the property about a year ago. The 'old wing' is now a completely new building after this renovation. Common Areas (Lobby, Restaurants, Pool, Gym) The lobby area is huge - one can and will get lost in it. It's just a big maze. There is no denying - it's architecture stems from the 80s. It's spacious but not really pretty.
The pool and gym are gorgeous though and look fantastic.
Rooms (Cleanliness, Space provided) The Deluxe Room is just enormous! It was probably the regular biggest room I ever had (that wasn't called a suite!). It also looked fantastic with the colored lighting. I really fell in love with the place immediately. The room is roughly split in the closet/bathroom space and the living space. It also features an additional sofa and a bed. The work desk was great as well. Now the room had two major flaws - the room was hot although outside temperatures were not. Switching on the AC required fighting with a complicated panel and it was just too noisy and infective. Also the free Internet was crazy slow. It was capped at 512kbps but at peak times it dropped to 0kbps. There is an option to but the full Internet but I did not use it. The bathroom was fantastic with a large separate shower with waterfall shower head and a big bathtub.
Sleeping (Mattress, Comfort level, Noise) If you like to sleep in a hot room - then this one is for you. The bed and duvets were fantastic and fresh. However the room was hot and since the AC was so noisy there was no sleep as long as it was on. Food (Breakfast, Executive Lounge, other food & drinks) As a IHG Platinum I did not have access to the lounge. The breakfast was included in my rate and I really liked it! Lots of different options incl. organic cheese and breads. It was not as high quality as say the Park Hyatt Hamburg but it was pretty close with great juices and great coffee as well.
Overall Don't be shocked by the rather ugly building and old lobby - the Deluxe Rooms are fantastic - probably the best regular rooms I stayed at in any Intercontinental. It's a pity the AC and Internet spoil a near perfect room experience. The spa is great and the breakfast is something to look forward to every morning. The staff genuinely cares here and is friendly above average. With rates in the EUR 150 range this is a good deal and I'd recommend it if you live with the flaws (i.e. if it's winter and if you bring your own Internet).Book the Intercontinental Berlin here.